2024 Spring Football Preview: Wide Receiver

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8Mar 2024
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2024 Spring Football Preview: Wide Receiver

Semaj Morgan (image via MGoBlue)

2023 Starters: Cornelius Johnson, Roman Wilson
Losses: Darrius Clemons (Oregon State), Johnson (NFL), Wilson (NFL)
Returning players: Eamonn Dennis (RS Sr.), Peyton O’Leary (RS Jr.), Tyler Morris (RS So.), Karmello English (So.), Frederick Moore (So.), Semaj Morgan (So.), Kendrick Bell (RS Fr.)
Newcomer: Channing Goodwin (Fr.)
Projected starters: Morris, Morgan

For some teams who play three and four wide receivers on every down, losing two senior wide receivers might not seem like a huge deal. So in the context of college football, the departures of Cornelius Johnson (47 catches, 604 yards, 1 touchdown) and Roman Wilson (48, 789, 12) might not seem like a huge deal. Johnson was the large-ish possession receiver, and Wilson was the speedy deep and intermediate threat. And then there were usually a couple tight ends roaming all over the place. Altogether, Michigan got just 47 other receptions from receivers not named Johnson or Wilson, and 3 of those came from Clemons, who is now plying his trade for the Beavers.

Based on playing time and targets last season, the two front-runners for starting roles in 2024 should be Morris and Morgan. Morris started four games – so he’s kind of a returning starter, I guess – and made 13 catches for 197 yards and 1 touchdown. But that one touchdown was a huge, key play when he got matched up against a linebacker against Alabama in the Rose Bowl and caught a crossing route for a 38-yard touchdown. Meanwhile, Morgan caught 22 passes for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns, and he also had an 87-yard punt return against Iowa in the Big Ten Championship game. He showed some downfield receiving chops in high school, but so far he’s been more of a catch-and-run guy with jitterbug moves – witness his screen catch for a TD against Washington – and adding in 4 carries for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Last year’s spring game star was walk-on Peyton O’Leary (2 catches, 13 yards, 1 touchdown), who could factor in more this season if Michigan needs a big possession guy at 6’4″ and 190 lbs. Frederick Moore (4 catches, 32 yards) and Karmello English (1 catch, 6 yards, 1 touchdown) will also factor in somehow. Some people think Moore could be the fastest player on the team.

Players with less of a chance to make an impact include fifth year senior Eamonn Dennis (who has yet to make a catch in his career but plays a lot of special teams), Kendrick Bell (who was a high school quarterback until making the position switch last year), and early enrollee freshman Channing Goodwin. Bell’s brother Ronnie is now a wide receiver in the NFL with the 49ers, and Goodwin has some good bloodlines, as his father was a lineman for Michigan and in the NFL. But it’s unlikely that any of them play a huge role in 2024.

20Nov 2023
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Ohio State

Burley (ID) Burley WR Gatlin Bair may head to Ann Arbor for the OSU game


Gatlin Bair – WR – Burley (ID) Burley: Bair is a 6’2″, 195-pounder who is committed to Boise State, who just fired head coach Andy Avalos. Bair is headed on a two-year Mormon mission after high school, so he will basically end up being a 2026 prospect. Bair is also considering Michigan and Oregon, along with BSU. He’s a 4-star, the #10 WR, and #40 overall. This visit is a possibility, but not set in stone at this point.

Zaquan Patterson – S – Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna: Patterson is a 6’0″, 185 lb. prospect who is committed to Miami. He’s a teammate of 2025 Michigan commit Chris Ewald. Patterson is a 4-star, the #5 safety, and #70 overall.


QB Jadyn Davis
RB Micah Ka’apana
RB Jordan Marshall
WR Channing Goodwin
WR I’Marion Stewart
TE Hogan Hansen
TE Brady Prieskorn
OL Blake Frazier
OL Jake Guarnera
OL Luke Hamilton
OL Ben Roebuck
OL Andrew Sprague
DE Ted Hammond
DT Owen Wafle
LB Jeremiah Beasley
LB Mason Curtis
LB Zach Ludwig
LB Cole Sullivan
CB Jeremiah Lowe

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4Nov 2023
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Purdue

Charlotte (NC) Providence Day QB Jadyn Davis


Jadyn Davis – QB – Charlotte (NC) Providence Day: Davis is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Jo’Ziah Edmond – CB – Nappanee (IN) Northwood: Edmond is committed to Michigan.

Channing Goodwin – WR – Charlotte (NC) Providence Day: Goodwin is committed to Michigan (LINK).

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9May 2023
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Channing Goodwin, Wolverine

Channing Goodwin

Charlotte (NC) Providence Day wide receiver Channing Goodwin committed to Michigan on Sunday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pitt, and South Carolina, among others.

Goodwin is listed at 6’1″ and 180 lbs.

ESPN: 3-star, 78 grade, #67 WR
On3: 3-star, 87 grade, #136 WR
Rivals: 3-star, 5.7 grade, #94 WR
247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #38 WR, #241 overall

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8May 2023
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2024 Recruiting Update: May 8, 2023

Charlotte (NC) Providence Day wide receiver Channing Goodwin (image via Twitter)


Charlotte (NC) Providence Day wide receiver Channing Goodwin committed to Michigan (LINK).

Michigan got a commitment from Mississippi State walk-on transfer Hudson Hollenbeck (LINK).


Upper Marlboro (MD) Charles Herbert Flowers cornerback Lloyd Irvin III was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and others.


Charlotte (NC) Christian wide receiver Micah Gilbert (4-star, #38 WR, #260 overall) committed to Notre Dame.

Atlanta (GA) Woodward Academy wide receiver Ben Grice committed to Wake Forest. Michigan just offered him last week.

Springfield (MO) Glendale defensive end Kellen Lindstrom (4-star, #27 DL, #228 overall) committed to Tennessee.

Tampa (FL) Carrollwood Day wide receiver Izaiah Williams (4-star, #48 WR, #325 overall) committed to Florida.